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The Social Dimensions of Early Buddhism

 
Uma Chakravarti (Author)
Synopsis This book examines the relationship of Buddhism to its locus, the expanding agrarian economy of the Ganga valley during the period 600-300 BC. It outlines the contours of the major social and economic groups that were the dramatic personae in this dynamic process, especially the gahapati, whose entrepreneurial role in the economy has not received the attention it deserves. The work explores the emergence of sharp differentiation between those in control of the means of production, who dominated the agrarian scene, and those marginalized groups whose labour was essential to the expanding economy but who remained vulnerable, being excluded from both economic and social power. It also examines the changing political environment and the gradual collapse of the gana-sanghas in the face of the expanding monarchical formations of the Ganga valley. Buddhism’s complex response to this changing economic, social and political context is the central concern of this book. It argues that Buddhism responded in a dialectical manner to the economy, society and power, conceptualizing in a more humane, if not ‘radical’, way the direction in which a changing society could re-order social and political relations.
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About the author

Uma Chakravarti

Dr. Uma Chakravarti teaches History at Miranda House, University of Delhi. She held a research fellowship at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi between 1990-94. She has published several articles in the field of social history particularly on caste, labour and gender. Among her forthcoming publications is a book titled Gender, Class and Nation: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Social Dimensions of Early Buddhism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121507499
length xiv+238p., Abbreviations; Glossary; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.